At IMATS LA 2013 I purchased the Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Creme Foundation in Snow Glow to try out. I saw it at the Namie’s booth and was very excited by the fact that it looked like Snow Glow would be light enough for my skintone! I also later acquired Linen Glow. I’ve been using this foundation for almost a month now and I feel like I can give a thorough review on it.
The Website Claims
This is the first complete coverage beauty balm that evens skintone and banishes imperfections with an air-buffed second-skin finish. The result? Flawless-looking skin. The cream-to-powder formula provides long-lasting, complete, and buildable coverage with the benefits of five products: it perfects, mattifies, primes, moisturizes, and protects with SPF 20. Blend this lightweight formulation onto your skin with a snap-in-place Air Buff Brush specifically created with Too Faced’s signature cruelty-free Teddy Bear Hair.
- Treats – Rose Myrtle to repair and prevent UV damage
- Mattifies – Rose fruit to refine pores and create matte coverage
- Primes – Star Fruit Leaf to moisturize
- Protects with SPF 20 –
$39 for .98 oz.
-Titanium Dioxide 8.3% (sunscreen).
Triethylhexanoin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Dextrin Palmitate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Water, Silica, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Rhodomyrtus Tomentosa Fruit Extract.
Snow Glow – porcelain with pink undertones
Vanilla Glow – fair with golden tones
Cream Glow – light beige with golden undertone
Linen Glow – medium beige with golden undertone
Nude Glow – warm beige with golden undertone
I will say, it always pays to try the foundation shades, even if you haven’t previously had a match. While the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 in Snow Glow is too dark for me, this product and formula seems to be light enough to match me.
I must also say that I love the finish of Too Faced’s foundations. The Amazing Face Liquid and powder are both great, which is why I would wear them even when they were a tad too dark for me. I feel like Too Faced knows how to do a great foundation.
This is Linen Glow.
This is Snow Glow.
This is the brush that comes with every bb creme.
Tips for Application
To apply this foundation, dab the brush in tiny circles across the bb creme. Then apply to the face, starting at the center and moving outward in a circular motion. It is very much like applying a loose mineral foundation, in my opinion. You basically buff this bb creme into your skin. You can pat it on if you need to conceal a spot. Pat for coverage, buff to blend, repeat to build up to the desired coverage.
You can see from the pictures above, that Snow Glow works nicely with my skintone. It gives me nice coverage, but doesn’t completely cover my rosacea spots unless I build it up. I consider the foundation to be light to medium coverage, but it is buildable. You can build it up to closer to full.
Now, I like the brush that they give you with the foundation, but I really only use it for under the eyes, as it fits there perfectly. I prefer to use the Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki, which is meant for cream products, with it or the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush.
While it can be worn without primer or finishing powder, I prefer to wear it with a finishing powder to set it. What I really like about this foundation is that it isn’t settling in my pores. I feel like I’ve had that problem a lot lately, where no matter what I wear, it pools in my pores, so it’s nice to not have to deal with that. I’ve gotten 8 hours of wear, but I need to touch up towards the end of the day when wearing it.
I am of the opinion that the foundation shouldn’t come with a brush. While it’s a nice brush (and I really do love the Too Faced brush quality), I’d rather see a lower price for the foundation or more product for the price, as you’re only getting .98 oz for $39. Of course, I’m also very particular about what type of brush I use with my foundations and I do use brushes that I feel will give me the best results.
My biggest concern with this foundation is that it has a limited shade range. It really only has light to medium shades. It doesn’t offer shades for those with deeper skintones. However, I am really pleased by the fact that there’s a shade that actually matches me, which is often not the case with foundations. I did take off 1/2 star because of the fact that the foundation is missing shades for deeper skintones.
Now, I know many of you will want to know how I feel about this being called a bb cream. I feel like this is closer to a BB cream than most other American BB creams. I really like this product. It doesn’t get dry or cakey. It works as a foundation and concealer because it has buildable coverage. It has smart ingredients to nourish the skin. It has SPF. While I would never rely on it for my full SPF coverage, I really do like the additional SPF to protect my face, especially because it contains a physical sunblock of Titanium Dioxide. So I’m ok with it being called a bb cream.
Overall, I really like this foundation. If you’re looking for a new foundation, I think it’s worth checking out. Too Faced does foundation really well and the Air-Buffed BB Creme is no exception, in my opinion.
What do you think of the Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Creme foundation? Would you wear it?
Some products purchased by me. Some products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own. To the best of my knowledge, Too Faced is cruelty-free.